As parents of preschoolers we’re the ones who are going to be reading the books, so we might as well pick ones we’re all going to appreciate.
Chloe George runs Stretched Mums Yoga in Crystal Palace, where she lives with her partner Adam and their two-year-old daughter Rosa. As well as teaching yoga, she’s a Content Manager at Teenage Cancer Trust.
I’d always imagined Liberty’s kidswear department as a land of heirloom Christening gowns and smocked floral frocks with matching knickers.
The toy selection is small and so covetable the idea of collecting the whole lot doesn’t feel entirely unreasonable.
Ordering books off Amazon might save you a few pennies but choosing a great new read from a beautiful bookshop is one of childhood’s greatest pleasures.
The shop floor might not scream “bring forth the urchin”, but the beautiful kids’ products make it a tempting prospect for parents.
I’ve learnt the hard, breaking-my-neck-tripping-over-the-crap way that less is more where kids’ stuff is concerned.
While everything about The Mother Maker markets is child-friendly, this still felt like a reassuringly grown-up affair.
The self-styled family-lifestyle store solves the age-old problem of how to entertain little ones when you’re in dire need of some retail therapy.
There’s a large shoe department with a squashy sofa for trying on in comfort, with brands including Bobux, Salt-Water and Start-Rite.